The Miller's and Reeve's Tales

The Miller's and Reeve's Tales - Chaucer English315

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Chaucer English 315 Study Questions for “The Miller’s Tale” and “The Reeve’s Tale” “The Miller’s Tale” 1. In the prologue to “The Miller’s Tale,” what role does the Host play in the exchange between the Miller and the reeve? 2. What is Chaucer’s “game” in offering an apology (3167-86) before he tells this tale? 3. The Miller warns, “An housbonde shal nat been inquisityf / Of Goddes pryvetee, nor of his wyf” (3163-4). What kinds of “pryvetee” are revealed in the Tale—and how are they connected? 4. If “The Knight’s Tale” describes some characteristics of courtly love, how does the “Miller’s Tale” parody that aristocratic ideal in the characters of Nicholas, Absolon, and Alison? Find specific passages in the text. 5. What impression of clerks (scholars, students) do you get from the two in this Tale, Nicholas and Absolon? Compare them with the description of the Clerk in the “General Prologue.” 6. What image of Alison and her husband John is presented? Is Alison criticized for her
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